Mark Gattis

Leading UK scream queen Emily Booth is no stranger to both contemporary and classic horror film fans with her starring roles in recent movies Doghouse (2009) and Inbred (2012), co-hosting the Frighten Brighton Classic Horror Film Festival as well as being a presenter on the Horror Channel and a regular at Film Four’s FrightFest in London’s West End. I was lucky enough to catch up with Emily for Rue Morgue magazine during British Horror Month where we discussed such hot topics as female role models in horror, UK fear flicks and Emily’s upcoming projects.

You can read the interview with Emily over at the Rue Morgue website and as an exclusive for Classic Horror Campaign readers here are a couple of extra Q and A’s just for this site!

EXCLUSIVE! EMILY BOOTH ON CLASSIC BRITISH HORROR AND THE RETURN OF BBC2′s HORROR DOUBLE BILLS!

Q. We know that you are a firm follower of the UK’s Classic Horror Campaign. Do you have any favourite “classic” British horror films which you would recommend to others as essential viewing?

A. The Wicker Man is a classic must see of the genre……The Haunting, Peeping Tom and Plague of the Zombies!!!! Gosh there are tons really !

Q. If the BBC were to ever bring back their iconic Saturday night horror double bill seasons, would you like to host the show? And if it wasn’t you, who would you like to see as the presenter?

A. I’d love to host the show of course it would be the biggest honour for me; one I’d genuinely feel passionate about – but of course its never up to people like me or you it’s the ones paying for it! So the BBC would have final say – and of course there are other more well known journalists out there who have good horror knowledge such as Mark Gatiss – who’d also be perfect  and I would think he’d make a great presenter for the show – but then I could dress up more!

Read the full interview with Emily Booth over at Rue Morgue!

 

We couldn’t be more excited here at the Classic Horror Campaign today as we look forward to the brand new Mark Gatiss documentary for BBC Four, Horror Europa! A follow-up to the hugely successful Mark Gatiss’ A History Of Horror three-part series of 2010, Gatiss now takes a personal look at European horror films in this 90 minute documentary. From the silent days of Nosferatu (1922) to more recent Euro fright flicks The Devil’s Backbone and Cronos, Horror Europa will be screened on BBC Four this coming Halloween and includes interviews with Mexican director Guillermo del Toro as well as Dario Argento, Harry Kumel (Daughters of Darkness), Edith Scob (Les Yeux Sans Visage) and Roy Bava, son of legendary Mario Bava. It is rumoured that the documentary will be supported by some classic horror film screenings which may include Nosferatu and Les Yeux Sans Visage (1960) although the BBC is not confirming anything at present.

Mark Gatiss has acknowledged that it isn’t possible to include everyone’s favorites in just ninety minutes but has tried to give more of a general overview of the evolution of horror films in Europe over the decades. In an exclusive interview in the SFX magazine A-Z of Horror special edition now on sale, Gatiss admits that the films of Jess Franco and Lucio Fulci are given short shrift as “personally, they don’t do it for me”. However, there will still be plenty of other directors covered in more detail and many classic clips scattered amongst the interviews. Gatiss has also revealed that there are plans afoot for A History Of Horror 3 – this time covering Asian horror!

As soon as we get a confirmed screening time and date for Horror Europa and any other details we will let you know, but in the meantime you can help us in our continuing campaign to bring classic horror to the masses by signing our petition, emailing the BBC, tweeting about us using the hashtag #classichorrorcampaign and attending our monthly double bill screenings at the Roxy Bar and Screen in London!

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